der·​ma·​to·​phyte | \ (ˌ)dər-ˈma-tə-ˌfīt How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) , ˈdər-mə- How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) \

Definition of dermatophyte

: a fungus parasitic on the skin or skin derivatives (such as hair or nails)

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In order to grow, dermatophytes get nutrients from keratin, a protein in the outer layer of your skin, hair, and nails, according to the Merck Manual. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Yes, You Really Should Wear Shower Shoes in the Gym Locker Room," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of dermatophyte

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dermatophyte was in 1882

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der·​ma·​to·​phyte | \ (ˌ)dər-ˈmat-ə-ˌfīt How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) , ˈdər-mət-ə- How to pronounce dermatophyte (audio) \

Medical Definition of dermatophyte

: a fungus parasitic upon the skin or skin derivatives (as hair or nails) — compare dermatomycosis

Other Words from dermatophyte

dermatophytic \ (ˌ)dər-​ˌmat-​ə-​ˈfit-​ik How to pronounce dermatophytic (audio) , ˌdər-​mət-​ How to pronounce dermatophytic (audio) \ adjective

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